Jake Shimabukuro

Ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro put on a great show in Gainesville. I really enjoyed the performance!

The concert was more than two hours of music. Some songs he performed with his electric and bass guitar players. Some songs he performed solo.

He performed a wide range of songs, showing the versatility of the ukulele and his talent. His performance was a mix of cover songs and his own compositions, including songs from his upcoming album “The Greatest Day.”

He honored the Nisei (Japanese American) World War II veterans with “Go For Broke,” a song he wrote. He was so emotionally demonstrative while playing this song that I could only think how exhausting it would be to perform that song several times a week while on tour.

He played Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” and “Kawika,” a song composed for King David (Kawika in Hawaiian) Kalahaua.

Jake encouraged the audience to turn on their phones to download the lyrics to Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and sing along.  You can see below.

 

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2 comments

  1. I would love to attend one of his shows. His interpretation of “While my Guitar Gently Weeps” is amazing.

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    1. Yes, that is the song on YouTube that led to my ukulele making and playing addiction several years ago. He is a great performer!

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